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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

1970s-set conspiracy thriller has strong language, violence.

Movie R 2014 106 minutes
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Helmed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg, the director of the original Insomnia (1997), which was remade by Christopher Nolan in 2002, PIONEER is a serviceable, enjoyable thriller. It attempts to capture the feel of a 1970s-era paranoid conspiracy movie, and it succeeds in tone, even if the plot isn't quite so air-tight. Petter takes illogical risks in some cases, and in others simply overlooks logic. And some of the plot turns feel stale.

Although Pioneer isn't exactly the kind of movie that keeps viewers guessing and on the edge of their seat, Hennie is an appealing lead -- an antidote to handsome-but-dull action heroes -- and the rest of the cast is likewise appealing, including Americans Stephen Lang (Avatar) and Wes Bentley (who provides most of the filthiest language). And Skjoldbjaerg's sultry, gritty atmosphere helps smooth over some of the flaws.

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